Who We Are

Headshot of Let's Get Out Director, Lisa KosglowLisa Kosglow is the co-author of “Kidding Around the Gorge-The Hood River Area’s Ultimate Guide to Family Fun,” a two-time Olympian and avid outdoors person. Lisa specializes in fostering a sense of wonder in children and nature based connection. For 20 years she has instructed children and adults both across the US and internationally. As a Leave No Trace Trainer, Lisa is passionate about land stewardship, giving back, and having fun.  She is also trained in Wilderness First Aid to help keep kids safe and playing in the woods. When she isn’t out on her bike, snowboarding or surfing you can find her exploring the Columbia Gorge with her daughter or working in her organic vegetable garden in Hood River. Lisa’s paws are in all the Let’s Get Out programs. She guides Adventure camps, Explorers, After School in the Forest and Farm and Forest camps.

KayeKaye Jones-Hyde and her husband Adam own Broadfork Farm, a diverse organic homestead in the Trout Lake Valley.   Kaye has her MSc in Holistic Science from Schumacher College in the UK.  Kaye is an instructor, curriculum contributor and advisor at Cacade Mountain School, where Broadfork Farm has been a longtime partner.  She has worked extensively in place based, experiential education in the Trout Lake Valley, Westwind and down the west coast.  Her passion is to connect people with the land, developing the skills of stewardship and living in place.   Her most treasured work is exploring Mt Adams country and tending the farm with her three young children, Rye, Fisher and Archer. Kaye guides our Farm and Forest Camps for our  youngest campers.

Laura Haspela

Laura Haspela is a passionate teacher to students of all ages. She is happiest mucking around in the dirt, following the curiosity of her students, and making new discoveries about nature together. She specializes in guiding playful exploration and meaningful connection to the natural world.  Laura has over 17 years of professional experiences guiding children and adults in front and backcountry natural environments. To guide her work with “Let’s Get Out”, Laura uses teaching philosophies from innovative, independent schools she has taught at including Teton Science Schools’ graduate program and Journeys School (Jackson, WY), Billings Middle School (Seattle), Gorge Discovering School (Hood River) and Sunflower School (Hood River). She is currently a science teacher at Hood River Middle School.  Laura lives and plays in Hood River with her two young daughters and husband. Laura co-leads After School in the Forest at Westside and is one of our Farm and Forest guides for 2017.

LRust_photoLisa Rust has worked as a professional climbing guide for more than 15 years. She has guided expeditions to the summits of some of the world’s highest mountains on several continents including Mt. McKinley, Aconcagua, Mt. Elbrus, and an American Women’s Everest Expedition in 2002. Lisa has also climbed extensively in the Pacific Northwest including numerous ascents of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Hood, and Mt. Adams. When she’s not climbing, Lisa works as a middle school science and social studies teacher in Hood River. She has introduced hundreds of people to the lifelong activity of climbing and enjoys nothing more than sharing her experience with others so that they may safely enjoy this amazing experience. Lisa guides the climbing portion of our Adventure Camps.

Liz at Smith Rock Liz Oberhausen has shared her passion for the outdoors with youth and young adults for almost a decade, as a zip line guide in Alaska, a wilderness therapy supervisor in Hawaii, a backpacking and life skills instructor in Wyoming, and a wilderness survival instructor in camps throughout Oregon. Her background in wilderness therapy lends a keen awareness of both group and individual dynamics and needs in new and challenging settings. She enjoys helping youth learn through curiosity, exploration, experimentation and observation. Liz loves to travel and explore both alone and with friends, and loves to hike, climb, slackline, backpack, build shelters, and play any and all types of games. Liz co-leads After School in the Forest-May Street and After School in the Forest-Survival.

HS_RobertaRoberta Grant has been working in the outdoors with children in various settings for the past twelve years. Besides being an avid outdoors woman she is a counselor specializing in children and families. Between her outdoor experience and therapeutic experience, she has an integral understanding of a child’s inner need to connect with nature and their own nature in order to be a whole person.  In her spare time, she whitewater kayaks, mountain bikes, and skis or you can find her hanging outside with her 8 year old son. Roberta co-leads our Explorers camps.

Rachael Pecore leads tracking activities in the Columbia GorgeRachael Pecore is an outdoor educator and naturalist.  A native Oregonian, Rachael has been swimming, fishing and walking around, over and through the Northwest outdoors all her life.  With a Masters in Environmental Science and extensive experience in outdoor education, Rachael brings the stories behind our unique Northwest ecosystem to life.  Rachael studies with the Wilderness Awareness School and Tom Brown Jr’s Tracker School. She spends her favorite hours  tracking wildlife, weaving baskets and sharing stories around a campfire.


Friends and Partners:

Riverkeeper Logo    Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor EthicsHRCE_4cOfficial Web page of the U S Fish and Wildlife ServiceWilderness First Responder Badge from NOLS Wilderness Medicine